Monthly Météo: Weather in SW France June 2012

Wild roses

As it often does, June started badly and the weather didn’t really turn around until about the third week. This seems to be the pattern in recent years. This year, it changed about three days before our fête at Teysseroles, much to everyone’s relief since there had been a lot of nail-biting about it. In the end, the weather was perfect.

Every month I post an update on how the weather has been in our corner of southwest France, based on the statistics we have kept since 1998. To see the other weather posts, please click on ‘Weather’ under the Topics tab in the right-hand sidebar.

Here are the figures.

Weather assessment for June:

A quick reminder of our subjective weather assessment: we assign each day a plus if it’s fine, a minus if it’s bad and a zero if it’s indifferent or we can’t decide. In June, there were:

Pluses – 19
Zeros – 6
Minuses – 5

The graph shows the percentage of plus days each June for the past 15 years (the line is the trend). We have had seven better Junes, five worse and two the same.

Proportion of plus days June 2012 compared with previous years


Our rainfall stats go back to August 2004. This June was pretty close to the average when it comes to the volume of rain: 62.5mm compared with the average of 58.9mm. It rained on 8 days compared with the average of 9.4 days.  

Rainfall 2012 to date

Although we have had above-average rainfall during the past three months, we are still running at a bit of a deficit – 93% of the average. And last year was especially dry.

Despite what I’ve just said about the rainfall, we hope July won’t be the disaster it was last year. The fête and outdoor concert season is starting with a vengeance and so many events were ruined last year by the rain. We spent a particularly wet day in Albi with visitors who were disappointed with the weather. The sun came out the day before they left.

Most of the weather dictons (sayings) I’ve found for July are not very interesting. They are mostly stern injunctions to get the harvest in while the weather’s good, which stands to reason really. And wherever you go around here just now you end up behind either a trailer full or hay bales or a combine harvester. But I found one for 9th July (next Monday):

Avec Sainte-Procule, Arrive la canicule. On St Procule’s day, the heatwave arrives.

I’ll let you know next month if it did.

Fête season starting up

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  1. Every time I read your weather reports, I intend to start doing a similar thing, but needless to say I haven’t quite got round to it. It was pretty chilly here on the whole. We opened the pool a good bit later than last year and it’s staying a lot nippier but I’m managing a couple of swims every day, even though it takes me about an hour to warm up afterwards!


    • You ought to – it would be interesting to see how Limousin compares to here. July hasn’t been anything like as bad as last year but it’s not been warm up till this week.


  2. Great – this always puts the weather in perspective! I find I can rarely remember it accurately, so thanks for doing it for us. I’m assuming we have pretty much the same weather here in 65.


    • We don’t remember it accurately, either, which is why we do this. You probably have broadly the same weather where you are, although I think you are higher up than us. Also, the weather can be very localised at times. But I think it is just about the same.


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